Waste paper and cardboard recycling: Waster is always advocating recycling Australia for two primary reasons – No.1 is that it is good for the environment (it really would be a shame to throw valuable commodities into landfill) and No.2 – it is a really easy way for your business to save money.


When you are running a business of any size – whether a huge multi-national or a small corner store – you always seem to have to make trade offs! Thankfully – when it comes to waste paper and cardboard recycling – you can see your environmental performance benefit and also see your costs reduce! This is a true win / win.



A little bit about Waster – and how we work with small and medium Aussi businesses


Waster offers cardboard and paper recycling in all standard Australian bin sizes from 240 litre all the way up to large 4.5 cubic metre bins in all metro regions throughout Australia. We provide services all across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra and other cities.


Check out our cardboard recycling options as well as our comprehensive waste management services i.e. general waste, commingled, grease trap etc in our online shop by pressing the blue button below:



What you should know about waste paper and cardboard recycling

When we speak to new customers – their first question is often what sort of bins they should get for their business – and whether getting extra bins will just be extra cost.


We always suggest a basic recycling plan – i.e. one that is easy to implement and simple to follow – and of course – is actually effective.


The key first step in any effective recycling plan is nearly always waste paper and cardboard recycling bins to start with.


Once cardboard and paper recycling services have been implemented – you can move ahead with another recycling service such as commingled – for bottles and cans.


Cardboard bins are nearly always the cheapest recycling service available – as cardboard is an internationally traded commodity. The bin company will get some value from the collected waste paper and cardboard recycling.


Planet Ark – a nationwide Australian organisation focused on recycling publishes some high quality and reliable information on recycling. You can find lots of useful info on their website that will help you boost your recycling business performance and locate supplier of niche recycling services – from battery recycling to used cooking oil recycling.


They have published a helpful PDF information sheet for business regarding waste paper and cardboard recycling bin collection – available here.  We quote a couple of the key points from the document below:


“More than 80% of Australia’s paper and cardboard packaging is made from recycled fibre. The lowest grade of recycled paper goes into cardboard products.”



“When cardboard breaks down in landfill it creates methane, a major greenhouse gas with the global warming capacity 21 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.”


“Cardboard is one of the easiest and most environmentally effective materials to recycle since the fibre in cardboard has already been processed. Therefore making cardboard products from recycled material, rather than virgin fibre, saves not only trees, but also large amounts of water (up to 99% less) and energy (up to 50% less). Manufacturing from recycled material also produces up to 90% less byproducts such as chemical wastes.”


“Keep cardboard recycling clean of food scraps, polystyrene and plastic, which can contaminate the process of recycling. Cardboard that has been contaminated with food scraps can be recycled using a worm farm, bokashi bucket or compost heap – your compost heap and worms will love it!” 


“Wax-coated cardboard, like some fruit boxes, is not suitable for recycling but it can be effectively composted, thus reducing methane production.”




“Cardboard can be recycled along with paper and is remade into many different kinds of paper products. Recycled cardboard can also be made into sound-proofing material, insulation and even furniture.”


“Every time paper is processed the individual fibres become weaker, limiting the number of times it can be recycled – usually up to eight times. Paper that has been recycled as many times as the fibres will allow is turned into compost and breaks down naturally.”


You can see our latest blog on Newcastle waste services here.


As stated above – Waster provides all standard bin sizes for waste paper and cardboard recycling – suitable for any business type. From a small 240 litre wheelie bin – as below – suitable for an office- to a large 4.5m front lift bin or dumpster.




For more niche recycling opportunities – check out our partnership with TerraCycle for recycling boxes or our blog on environmental companies.